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in the. rush hour is rally the u.n. security council members to demand an end to the violence in syria is to try and prevent the five month uprising from descending into another libyan scenario. the libyan rebels are poised to crush the last pockets of resistance from colonel gadhafi supporters with time running out for the loyalists to lay down arms. but it's thousands of rounds of rebel clear agenda in the streets of tripoli concerns and libya is turning to try timebomb from the libyan capital tripoli shortly. doing some of the top stories israeli's organize the country's biggest ever government rally demanding more money is spent on living standards not settlements
and military. and ukraine turns up the heat in its gas round with russia threatening court action against moscow of a price is that the kremlin is defending the previously agreed contract our top stories this hour. with a look back at the past week's top stories and the latest developments this is good to have you with us this hour the un's most powerful body should demand an end to the violence in syria to move all parties into dialogue that's russia's view outlined by the foreign minister during a meeting with his brazilian counterpart on sunday. we strongly believe it's unacceptable to instigate the syrian opposition to continue boycotting suggestions to start a dialogue this is a call for if heat of the libyan scenario breaks nations will not allow this to
happen the u.n. security council will not tolerate how its resolutions are being implemented that at least some russians sharply criticized the latest e.u. sanctions and syria calling them harmful and ineffective in solving the crisis europe's imposing an oil embargo and want to further steps to force president assad and the five month crackdown on protesters claims more than two thousand people have died since the anti-government demonstrations began in march but some including the syrian government say the reports about the conflict are far from reality. is among the few international journalists there and here's what she found . that's murder tearing catastrophe a country on the brink of a revolution this is what you see every time syria pops up in the headlines but what is really happening in a country where hardly any foreign journalists are present there's even been the implication that some of the images we're being shown have been digitally manipulated and there have been reports of available online that you can watch of
the footage that was taken in bahrain and said to be taken in hama and it's showing the same footage and different stations with different backgrounds digitally drugged and so there are some very strange things that are going on right now an example of such manipulation is the case of palestinian refugees in the coastal city of latakia the stadium in the dark it became the center of the controversy when according to various reports anywhere from several hundred to several thousand people were gathered here most of those people were palestinian refugees who came from the palestinian refugee camp in the sunni quarter of latakia now according to the opposition forces and to some of the palestinians when they got to the stadium their i.d.'s were taken away their cell phones were also taken away and they really prepared for the worst because it has to realize that herding large numbers of people into stadiums carries somewhat over very macabre macabre association especially in this particular region so don't go saying has developed sort of
a practice of hurting people in stadiums and then and then committing mass executions we went to the part of the city which supposedly came under fire from warplanes and navy ships in support for the refugees to find out what happened. some people walking around the neighborhood yelling there will be shelling from sea soon and everyone has to get out i didn't go anywhere just stayed in my house i can see the bay from my window and there was nothing there from the usual. two gunfire did break out the army and government so some five thousand palestinians left their homes fearing for their lives. we wanted to leave so that our kids wouldn't hear the gunshots we hear in our house and when there was a break in the fighting we went to the stadium we stayed there for three days then came back on our plan and so did two thousand refugees only to realize there was no air and navy attack taking place on the city. and we felt like we were lied to.
the syrian authorities have long been insisting armed groups are behind the unrest in syria and it's them who starts shooting first the history should prompt bloodshed those statements are all but ignored by the media. heading of syria is frightening and it's losing it or. the syrian government might have realized its mistake of banishing foreign journalists from the country media law has overturned that ban but there is no guarantee it will go a long way towards achieving serious image as portrayed on major networks even those quite see syria. across in libya now one of colonel gadhafi sons as been confirmed to have been killed in the rebels have surrounded one of the last remaining strongholds of colonel gadhafi supporters the town of bani walid southeast of tripoli the loyalists have been given until next saturday to surrender
but rebel negotiators say they expect the standoff in the town to be resolved within the next twenty four hours. is in the libyan capital. leeds is the name for the tried population the syria one of the biggest libyan tribes and staunch in the devotion to the embattled colonel it's played a prominent role during the current outcries and he libya since the beginning of the vans here in february people from these tribes have been fighting against the rebels all across libya volunteers from this area have been dying for khadafy. and in other cities they've been all the time ardently supporting the colonel who's provided them with the past weaponry in the past and actually could laugh at himself as well as his sons time you've got to hide in that area that's why many here on the ground are saying that if the rebels manage to take this stronghold that will officially mean the end of the colonel and the regimes for the national
transitional council have recently repeatedly been claiming that police say tripoli is now secure but rebels there is coming here from benghazi soon but so far we haven't seen is find of them here if you live in capitals the situation here is very complicated the streets are literally all the armed rebel fighters with actually a clear agenda of the interior minister has recently claimed that the national transitional council will soon try to bring these people under their control but as we can see here they're not quite successful so far here's my report about that. my hammer is a libyan rebel he got a bullet in his ankle fighting against gadhafi soldiers in super shima tripoli but with his shots coming from his own side which. i didn't even notice until my friend told me that my foot was bleeding i pulled the trigger by mistake it was sold himself. this is
a reality of today's libya following the rebels triumphant march from the country tons of khadafi is captured weapons have fallen into the hands of nonprofessional fighters one of the biggest stories was discovered at the top security prison in southern tripoli where inmates were released after nato bombed the area of the duke was the father of three young boys refuses to appear on camera still fear of revenge from gadhafi loyalists he was among the first at the scene a help to destroy the arsenal. which i don't want we're going to still fall into the hands of my songs or the youngsters i'm concerned where our country will be going with ground rules this is a very dangerous thing it's not a toy it was a country it was with arms it looks like libyan kids have already developed a fascination for the weapons of war. when i go out i have real life and will kill bad guys like nothing then your thorough as you say they will soon
start gathering up weapons through mosques our police are back on the streets the young gunman demonstrate their readiness to. will give it back to them as soon as they ask the system which many here are afraid of this addiction may have a painful withdrawal and the gun has become one of the symbols of the libyan rebels and freedom for a new country though people want more peaceful symbols but fear of albeit is a for many to lay down their arms when the guard has played such a prominent role throughout libya's volatile history. original sheena artsy faithfully lydia. from one hour joined live from the us by political satirist and author ted rall ted thanks very much indeed for being with us here on our team now we're just learning today that a key rebel military commanders apparently calling on the leaders of the national transitional council to resign is this perhaps a signal that the rebel movement is falling apart now that gadhafi has lost power.
well i have some sympathy for ishmael alsa lobby and his call to get rid of all the former regime figures i mean it's not much of a revolution if you have former officials from the ex from the government that has just been deposed certainly you would see any kind of division like that in a sense in a scenario where revolution is not fully realized and that seems to be the situation in libya but it is a transitional council isn't it it's temporary so therefore there are going to be elections later so they'll actually chosen by the people of the moment is not acceptable that it is a temporary organization and he may need people with experience to be in that council. well that's the argument and certainly the more radical factions within the libyan opposition obviously aren't going to do any kind of revolutionary movement is an alliance of convenience but in the end you end up with what shah masood in afghanistan once said in the one nine hundred eighty s. in the world war against the soviets first we kill the russians next to fairly and
not next week kill each other in libya they have killed there and they have affectively killed the gadhafi regime and now they're going to kill each other well that brings me on to my next point we see thousands of armed rebels on tripoli streets at the moment but the leaders of the entity say yet to move their h.q. that do you think there really is that a danger of a power vacuum in the capital and we could see a disorder that. well of course there's always a danger in a situation like this but i do think that there is an awareness on the part of the national transitional council as well as nato that they don't want to repeat of what happened in baghdad where the americans failed to provide basic security if you're not law and order you really don't have much of anything at all and democracy and freedom don't need much and i don't have a good chance of taking root as we've seen in iraq let's talk about the oil controversy and i mean the rebels are said to be providing countries like france and italy with lucrative oil contracts and this is fair payback as not for nato
help in getting rid of gadhafi. well it's certainly the way that the world works whether it's fair is another question entirely i guess if i were a libyan citizen i would want the deals to go to the highest bidder and i would want it to be as transparent as possible but that's probably unrealistic at this point with a little unseemly is how quickly it is these deals are being made but you know the government hasn't really taken root yet and they're already cutting these deals a little fast but those international companies are there already before the revolution so isn't it in the country's interests and hobbies interests for oil production to get back to some sort of order as quickly as possible and you need that expertise and you need those international companies who were there before. certainly you needed there's a balance to be had between getting getting out of the major oil production up and running again but there's also the other issue to be can be worried is you know this is the new government they should try to cut the best possible deal for their
people it doesn't seem that that's really on the table taken to talk about syria now don't those deadly crackdowns on demonstrators that are being reported the moment doesn't that situation there warrant some sort of international action. well it does if you by the u.s. and nato is an idea every time there's a situation like libya or that there should be some kind of international and intervention is very clearly that's not how things work and as we saw in the one nine hundred ninety s. in rwanda. you know it was a full physical geopolitical mix that comes into play and if syria were deemed to be a good candidate for the u.s. or another or asian or europe to dominate then i would say that assad would be on the ropes but i don't think it's going to happen all the signals are that the united states is overextended and that the europeans don't have any interest in this so i would say if i were mr assad i would sleep well tonight you say the u.s.
is over extended now at your peril course in the country as a satirist of course there is one point of view that you probably raised a few times that the u.s. economy which of course isn't top of the moment has relied on the military industrial machine for years so you could say that it has to keep getting involved in conflicts to keep that cash lifeline despite you saying is ever extended and we know the economy is in a bad way could though we see another target appearing. well there's there's such a paradox you know on the one hand the cliche is that the military zone stimulates the economy however it also tends to attempt to run down an empire and that's we're seeing both at work here i mean at this point i mean in the united states militarism is driving the political structure and it is allowing the system and both the democrats and republicans to distract then us citizens from the big the major issues such as widespread unemployment and underemployment but the real economic boost that you saw for instance from world war two just isn't here because
we're not on a total war footing although most of the key is going to contractors and so you know it's definitely a paradox that's said so that the real question is you know what's going to win out here in terms of future targets and there's a fire to keep the people distracted or the desire for. or the or the desire to work on the economy and see the balance tilted towards more militarism because the system still doesn't really take the economic problems very seriously and really interesting to hear your thoughts ted rall live than san francisco thanks for your time. thank you. well still to come this hour putting pressure on the press british police flex their muscles at the media telling news groups they have a responsibility to hand over riot footage of looters to help make arrests. and armies in the harmony this is red square right now i'll bring you live pictures
of moscow's annual top to wrapping up with russian and foreign military band showing what they can do and we will be there live very shortly for you as i say live pictures from the heart of moscow and. across israel a furious public could be making sure their government's in no doubt about their anger with the largest demonstration in the country's history social protests have been swelling for two months against the high cost of housing corruption and other living standards reports now from the biggest rally in television. it is the climax of nearly two months of social protests here in israel the largest at this country has ever seen now for weeks organizers have been touting the million man march they were really hoping that a million people would turn out on the streets of israel though we're hearing figures of some three hundred and fifty thousand that's three hundred fifty
thousand in ten cities where here in tel aviv is the main focal point various speakers as well as artists have been addressing the crowd the rallying call remains that of social justice which people here are demanding that the netanyahu government change its focus away from issues of security to issues of social justice the people here saying that it is simply too expensive to live in israel. now one of the new circuits we're hearing is where were you september third that is a throwback to november the fourth ninety ninety five when a former israeli prime minister yitzhak been ever been was assassinated people say where you've been so of course people here are saying where are you now with people really wanting to come to the street and make a change and make their voices heard and yet instead of concentrating on domestic problems israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been focused on the international stage on september the twenty palestinians will go to the united nations to declare a state and it in yahoo has responded but only in six years and trying to convince
countries not to support a palestinian move instead of listening to the disc on children messes at home. told r.t. the people there are demanding more from their government to be a social rather than security provider. people are demanding social justice even in a time of political and political tension in even the took place in. the country people are questioning the. government that this is why i know the economy is slowly sheen so. matter goes will be fuel and slowly it is flawed in many and i think people have seen them in. no hope in this function in every level of government needs to function on the political front. in terms of the political process the negotiation with the palestinians no horse
in only fear as in perceived and also in the in the economic and social you see it gather them in there trying to tell people that what is all there is what they can get in that's the best they can get in do nothing order to improve the life of people this is what brings people in the street into the city and they're asking for something years come up to twenty minutes past the hour this is r.t. live here in moscow a few minutes from now of the war crimes tribunals. to r.t. . the hague sas this channel for an archive interview with former bosnian serb general recommend adage who's on trial for genocide we'll explain why. but first ukraine's rumbling over its gasper with a row over the agreed price with russia threatening to end up in court having trouble paying but won't merge its nationalized energy firm with russia's gazprom
to bring costs down the kremlin says the contract cannot be revised unilaterally and will stand its ground artie's. reports. very harsh words are coming from both sides and right now the ukraine president viktor yanukovych is saying that his country is being humiliated in the course of negotiations over the gas price and also says that the ukraine might take this whole negotiation process into international court in stockholm to try to have the two thousand and nine gas deals ribeye moskos position is that it is ready to accept any legal action because it is completely confident that justice is on its side and it's ready to fight on in court should this happen saying that until a commercial offer comes in the price will stay the same and the negotiations will continue no the essence of this dispute this time is that ukraine has been very much unhappy with the price it's paying for the russian gas and right now it plays up to four hundred u.s. dollars which is a market price for one thousand cubic meters of gas and it wants
a lower price once a discount at the same time mosco says that any commercial offer would justify the discount something like should it be there or merger of the ukrainian gas one office now for gas with the russian gas giant gazprom or a purchase by most of the transportation gas transportation system in ukraine this harsh stance by ukraine sent shock waves across europe many have been worried whether they would be another gas were another disruption of supplies in g.d.p. and continent but the russian energy minister said that something like what happened in two thousand and nine will not happen this time that there is still enough time to find a proper compromise solution besides russia is no longer so strongly dependent on the gas transportation system in ukraine to deliver its gas supplies to europe we know that several new pipelines are being built i right now the north korean pipeline is due to be completed pretty much soon the south stream pipeline will also be available in the next few years so the gas war of two thousand and i will
not repeat again even if there will be a serious gas conflict and possible suspension of supplies to ukraine coming in the next several months or maybe starting next year. well. different. is the massive military taking place there three hundreds of own forces performance from around the world to parade in the capital's center and closing ceremonies underway. for us. with. musical instruments. putting on. very loud and bright gathering all of us from all around the world forty countries a presence on red square today for this if day or annual spot scans our festival that's been going to the kremlin's our savior it's our that's actually overlooking
this particular show with us right now together with over seven thousand people gathered on the main square today for the show while watching the live transmission . at home as you can see his. home live pictures for you there as well as it sure is over the previous four days this is a spectacular show one thousand five hundred musicians from from here up a chair from north america from africa alongside each other and it's a common french scene here it was from the headliner over this festival for the third year that's very mature she was present at the opening of the special this year and you can see faces in both young and not so young and this is today mesmerized by what's happening on the red square we saw people taking pictures with musicians. from all around the world and it is truly a great advance when military orchestras musicians from different countries
gathered on red square for the peaceful and beautiful purpose of music making. this year because. of course this year's event also coincides with an important history doesn't. well of course it's moscow eight hundred sixty fourth birthday today so at the festival point size of the first this is probably the most spectacular a celebration for most of that we're seeing on that square right now but besides that there were seven hundred civilians taking place throughout the russian capital today including open air concerts picnics at submissions you name it hundreds of people are out hundreds of thousands of people are out in the streets of moscow as the city center has been closed for traffic so you can simply walk around town and enjoy the beautiful views and evil celebrations that had taking place out this brazen respirators going to be fooled by
a half huge laser show later in the evening and many are saying that this is probably the most expensive celebration of moscow's birthday that's taking place this year i know huge laser shows going to be put out are projected or one of the people of the moscow state university to hold this university of russian media already saying that that plays a show may make it to begin his book of records. thanks very much indeed enjoy the rest of the show no doubt we'll be hear more from you a little later and of course we'll have live coverage of those city celebrations later tonight to talk a lot about thanks very much in the meantime. beating drums to a usable tune red square. this week the spice guy telling military types to. the stick tricks of the standoff. and. give you the front row seats just a little and enjoy the show. come up to twenty six minutes past the.
british police have been putting pressure on journalists this week to how to footage of last month's riots in order to identify looters in action organizations are resisting the request to protect editorial standards and avoid being seen as. evidence catalyst for the authorities police forces across the country approach media groups to voluntarily hand over used footage and scotland yard said it would obtain a court order to force disclosure of material if necessary as a journalist tony gaza says the police run the risk of compromising fundamental press freedom. i was very disappointed to see that david cameron in the emergency debate about the riots was actually saying and i quote the media has a responsibility to hand over pictures and i think this is absolutely appalling thing to say that's the sort of thing you would expect in a police state where the police can go down to the independent broadcasters and just demand footage demand details of people who've been taking film this kind of
thing then go around potentially raid their homes too so i don't know where david camm is coming from on this as far as i know we live in a liberal democracy and we've got a free and independent press the other thing is ultimately what's going to happen in a demonstration situation if you're going to have the crown turning on the journalist they will come even possibly lynch camera people thinking in it and if this goes through point rightly in this case thinking that these people are actually this they're filming evidence of the police and this is an absolutely unacceptable situation police in the media are trying to do a similar thing in certain circumstances particularly a crime has just taken place and it's very important that both of them are doing it independently they have got forty thousand they told us hours of c.c.t.v. footage to go through and it seems to me that maybe they're getting a bit bored with doing that and they're actually trying to actually co-opt the press in britain to be evidence gatherers for the police and that would be a horrendous thing if it ever takes place. well let's bring you more of today's
world news now in our world update this hour the former head of the international monetary fund dominique strauss kahn has returned to france after six of sinatra's were dropped against him in the u.s. he was arrested in new york and may after a hotel maid accused him of attempted rape stross crime was put under house arrest but later a case against him was dismissed by a judge as well as having to quit the i.m.f. he faces another sexual assault allegation in france novelist christine. iraq's first nuclear power plant is now putting electricity into the country's national grid work on the bushehr facility began of the one nine hundred seventy s. but construction stalled until the ninety's when russia sent specialists to complete it if countries agreed that spent atomic fuel from the plant will be sent to russia to reduce western concerns that iran could use materials to build nuclear bombs. or so in our world update this hour tropical storm lee has reached landfall in louisiana in the southern u.s. as a state of emergency in the region as well as coastal parts of mississippi where evacuations
are taking place up to fifty centimeters of rain are expected over the next few days and the reason including new orleans which is still haunted by the katrina flood disaster in two thousand and five comes less than a week after hurricane irene killed more than forty people in the u.s. . well up soon a british opposition m.p. talks about his country's involvement in foreign wars that'll be our interview for you after a recap of our main stories of me in about this in a minute from now stay with us.